The Obama administration’s announcement that the U.S. military will provide logistical support to stop the spread of the Ebola virus is a welcome indication that this interest is emerging as a priority [“U.S. military to help fight Ebola in Africa,” front page, Sept. 8]. The question is whether Congress takes it equally seriously.
Congressional Republicans have seemed reluctant to include supplemental funding requests in current budget negotiations, so the fate of the request for an additional $88 million is iffy at best. Instead, money already allocated for global health would fund the response, meaning less money for tuberculosis and malaria and depleted funds for health systems serving children and families in developing countries.
Redirecting funds would be a shortsighted strategy to respond to a rapidly growing crisis. The U.S. government must provide funding and leadership commensurate with the Ebola emergency while maintaining the country’s place as a global leader in the fight on child and maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS.
Christine Sow, Rockville
The writer is executive director of the Global Health Council.